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Ireland’s Rory Best leaves the field to a thunderous ovation after the game against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 On the proviso that Keith Earls’s quadricep injury is as insignificant as initially presumed – and hence, miracle of miracles, no(...)

Ireland’s Jordan Larmour charges at Wales’s Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies during the  World Cup warm-up at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was a phone call that none of the Ireland players wanted to receive last Sunday week, to see head coach Joe Schmidt’s number pop up on the screen m(...)

Ireland’s centre Garry Ringrose is tackled during the Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales. Photo: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Ireland’s true attacking strategy remains shrouded in mystery as the travelling party enters the eye of the storm. Literally. Typhoon Faxai hit Tokyo(...)

 Warren Gatland: “When they play that way . . . in the past when we have success against Ireland, I said come off really hard at those one off runners, stop them winning those collisions and keeping your discipline so that they don’t get an opportunity.“

Trying to read Warren Gatland. Wales lose but Warren seems okay about it. Then again. A few things were disappointing for Wales, the scoreline, the di(...)

The Ireland team line up during the anthems ahead of their final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales. Photo: Billy Stickland /Inpho

15 Rob Kearney Reads this game better than anyone else. Out sprinted George North to deny the Welsh winger a certain try on four minutes. Textbook hi(...)

 Tadhg Furlong scores his side’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 Top of the world ma. Not perfect, but much more like it. Far from derailed, Ireland duly completed a deserved double over Wales w(...)

Garry Ringrose at the Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run in the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rugby World Cup warm-up: Ireland v Wales Venue: Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2pm. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 1.30pm. (...)

Rhys Patchell will make his first start for Wales in 15 months in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against Ireland. Photograph:    Harry Trump/Getty Images

Warren Gatland says it is important that Wales are “rugby-ready” as they move towards their World Cup opener against Georgia. Wales complete a busy t(...)

Johnny Sexton starts at outhalf for Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pivotal Irish halfback duo Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are back together to face Wales on Saturday. Joe Schmidt’s final match as Ireland coach at t(...)

Jean Kleyn and James Ryan are two of Ireland’s secondrow options. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pool A Ireland Backs: Conor Murray, Luke McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell(...)

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